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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blinded by the hindsight

Regulars know I am far from a cheerleader for Massachusetts Republicans, so fair warning, have those angina pills ready. I'm about to say something nice about the chairwoman.

The party around these parts clearly took what some might call a shellacking, losing just about everything, starting with what was once considered a lead pipe-certain win of the Corner Office. They failed to capture one imminently winnable congressional seat and the phone booth that holds the state Senate delegation just got roomier.

So why does Jennifer Nassour deserve another chance? Because she finally focused the party where it needs to focus -- on the grassroots. There will now be 32 Republican House members, twice as many as last year.

And after three straight indicted Democratic speakers, the House is where the action will be as 2011 heats up and the probation scandal continues to grow.

Besides, it's hard to sympathize with a challenger whose major complaint stems from 20-20 hindsight. Worcester state committeeman Bill McCarthy says the party funneled too much money into Charlie Baker's unsuccessful effort to oust Deval Patrick:
"We lost that race miserably,” he said.
No argument there, even though the three-way contest was competitive down to the end, a finale that stemmed more from Baker's shortcomings as a candidate than anything else.

McCarthy claims the GOP needs to focus more on the grassroots -- something Nassour clearly agrees with. Big difference is he has rhetoric, she has results.

The Massachusetts Republican Party has been floundering for more than a generation, betting the ranch on the top of the ticket with mixed success. It has now made a down payment on grassroots building that could generate better results down the road.

They'd be fools to toss the chairwoman who started the process. But foolishness is a familiar trait of the state GOP, so let's wait and see.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about the focus the Rs have had on the Governor's office for the past generation. Instead of doing the grunt work of building up the Legislature, and letting that feed into the corner office, they always put their hopes on the latest celebrity candidate for governor, usually ending up with someone who got bored with the office or otherwise ran away for something better. Weld, Cellucci, and Romney come to mind. My only gripe with Nassour, and the same can be said by conservatives of Democratic pols, is the relentless partisan snarkiness that comes out of her mouth. When I sense it, I immediately tune out what she might have to say.

December 28, 2010 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking as a Democrat who votes that way, you should realize that Cellucci came up through the ranks, starting out as a Library Board member in Hudson in 1970, I think. I also think the Rs made some progress and deserve credit because of the House gains, because they had lost there in 9 straight elections. The Brown and Cellucci examples are what they should follow.

December 29, 2010 11:39 AM  

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